What led young Robert Ford (Casey Affleck) to shoot Jesse James (Brad Pitt) in the back? Assisting the James Gang in what turns out to be their final train robbery, Ford becomes obsessed with the now-retired outlaw. The two form an uneasy alliance laced with paranoia and the growing sense that Ford's clinging idolatry will eventually inspire him to eclipse his hero's legend by snuffing it out. Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Rockwell, Sam Shepard co-star. 160 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DolbyDigital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; "making of" documentary.
Everyone in 1880s America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal, hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. Robert Ford? No one knows him. Not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He'll befriend Jesse, ride with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he'll find a deadlier way. Friendship becomes rivalry and the quest for fame becomes obsession in this virile epic produced in part by Ridley Scott and featuring gripping portrayals by Brad Pitt (winner of the Venice Film Festival Best Actor Award) as Jesse and Casey Affleck as the youth drawn closer to his goal... and farther from his own humanity.